A google search of Albert Lim doesn’t bring up news reports about his business acumen. Rather, you’ll find countless articles of him championing parenthood and marriage.

The father of three adult children serves on the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Families for Life Council and the boards of five social service agencies, including the Centre for Fathering and Empower Ageing. His wife Alison is equally passionate about serving the community.

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“My younger son used to say that I’m a full-time social worker, because he saw that I spent only 30 to 40 per cent of my time on my actual job,” Lim recalls.

Lim began volunteering as a youth befriender in the ’80s, then with SANA. While balancing his career as a trader, he earned a Master’s degree in counselling and began shifting his volunteer work upstream to help address social factors at their root causes and to catalyse change.

Families, he observed, are the common denominator of humanity. He says, “We all come from somewhere; we are all related to someone.” A wedding solemniser for the past seven years, he always reminds couples that “children are born of your actions. You must be accountable and responsible. Parenting is for life.”

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“Listening well and being authentic are essential,” he shares. “When your children open up to you, it means they want you to listen to them.”

All three Lim children have been at their parents’ side from an early age, whether at food distributions or on overseas mission trips, and have chosen careers that can significantly impact lives. Ariel, 31, is pursuing a Master’s in public policy, Asher, 29, is in the SAF, and undergrad Aaron, 25, is interested in teaching.

“I no longer tell them what to do at their age,” Lim says with a laugh. “Now I hear them out.” Sunday dinner is the family’s cherished time together; discussions range from career goals to hot button social issues. “And sometimes we just have to agree to disagree.”

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